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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,197 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,197
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 128
Gots: 186 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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Photo of brinch
5/5  rDev +19.9%

brinch, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of disemgrowler
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

disemgrowler, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Saviorself
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Saviorself, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of IllNate
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy rich brown with a red tinge. Great foamy tan head with good retention. Rich aroma with emphasis on the malt. Sweet caramel malt with some darker roasts and a fruity ester. Taste is the highlight here, orgy comes to mind. Rich caramel and darker malt, chocolate and nutty. Fruity esters also play a big role, date and raisin, entertaining to the last drop. Mouthfeel is very smooth, hint of alcohol. Overall a fantastic beer. Make sure you serve this at the right temp and you won't be disappointed.

IllNate, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of brutalist
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

brutalist, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of conradh
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

conradh, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Duke
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(From a champagne goblet)

Appearance: Westmalle Dubbel pours a lovely mahogany-burgundy colour with a cloudiness that renders it almost completely opaque. I didn't see much head, but what was there dissipated quickly, leaving the thin cap of light white bubbles on top.

Smell: The scents are fruity, very fig-like with some red grapes in there, and some cherry at the back, and they're all admirably bold. There's a bit of yeast in the nose too.

Taste: Slightly bitter hoppy beginnings before the fruits take over. I'm getting a bit of that yeast too, but the big thing for me is the grape, and the beer tastes winey, but there's a bit of caramel in there too. All the flavours in this beer are big - nothing hides.

Mouthfeel: This is a medium body with a bold fizz. That well-carbonated finish is arguably a little too much.

Overall: The smell and flavour of the Westmalle Dubbel leave me wanting more and more, but dubbels are easy to come by here in Vancouver so there's a lot of competition for it. I'd usually pick a dubbel with a less aggressive fizz.

Duke, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of onetodave
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

onetodave, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of devonnaire
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

devonnaire, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 2/3/12

A - Pours a deep mahogany with some suspended material and almost two fingers of tan head. Head has outstanding retention and leaves rings of lacing.

S - Caramel, candi sugar and dark fruit aromas, with raisin, fig and maybe a bit of cherry. Also has a decent bread aroma.

T - Starts off a bit sweet, with caramel, fruit and candi sugar, but a yeast spiciness soon takes over. Some bread malt near the finish and another shot of spiciness on the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation and a dry spicy finish.

O - Very good overall. Not too sweet with a nice bread and spice presence.

warnerry, Mar 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

dugly2ugly, Mar 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

speakorspasm, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Goldmund1
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Goldmund1, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Edwaka01
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Chimay goblet.

A - Deep, dark, mysterious burgundy. 1 finger head, fades fast, leaves thin layer on top, cinnamon like dusting from my inability to hold back 100% of yeast.

S - Toffee, Caramel, licorice root, cinnamon, tons of yeast.

T - Candi sugar, TONS of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, yeastiness again.

M - Medium bodied with a slight coating effect.

O - So far the hype of the Trappists has not done the beers favor in my opinion. They are all great, but I'm always expecting more going in. Still a fantastic beer.

Edwaka01, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of WeissBoy
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

WeissBoy, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Nay
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's amazing how much non-chocolate, non-coffee roasted malt flavors are packed into this beer: Light and dark fig sweetness balanced with just enough hop bitterness and alcohol. Lingering phenolic and bitter finish. Mouthfeel just goes on and on, but carbonation quality a bit prickly, and not smooth nor carbonic, either of which might make the beer a little better.

Very tasty, but not stupendous.

Nay, Mar 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

javiernano, Mar 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

bladman, Mar 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

rydev24, Mar 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

SURFBUGG, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of bluesfan1181
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a goblet.

A - Has a dark brown, ruby red color with an eggshell color 2 finger head. Lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom.

S - Dark fruits and cherries with yeasty, bread notes. Some fig, cloves, and toffee detected. Alcohol is in there too.

T - A slight hop bitterness on the front, The middle is all plum, raisins, cherries, figs, and yeast. Blends together beautifully. The back has a slight alcohol burn with a red wine dryness.

M - Medium mouthfeel, that is very creamy. Carbonation is very good due to bottle conditioning.

Overall, a trappist monastery in Belgium shines again. This is one of my new favorites for the style. Second behind Rochefort 8 for me. Haven't had Westy 8 to compare so this is second in my book.

bluesfan1181, Mar 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Tumble, Feb 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Peyton5410, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

.33L bottle served in a Belgian snifter. BB dated 28 Jan. 2015 - but i didn't want to wait any longer. This was my favorite beer for a while, during and following a visit to Belgium. I haven't had it for a few years except one small tasting, so let's see how it holds up.

Appearance: dark brown with a variable density light brown head. Good retention and lacing. Some sediment remained in the bottle even after extracting every last drop of liquid.

Smell: Dark bread with a load of raisins, dates, ripe bananas and generic dried dark fruits. Hints of pears, dried plums and spices. Light alcohol esters.

Taste: Similar to aroma profile but stronger, with more plum, and less sweet. This 7% ale drinks like 3-4%. Rich, bitter-sweet (leaning clearly towards bitter), and lasting flavor. Bordering 4.5

Feel: Smooth, medium-full body; medium carbonation that seems just right.

Overall: Excellent! World class for style. Unfortunately not cheap in the U.S. A great sipper: engaging, flavorful, interesting and easy to drink. The look, smell, flavor and feel all seem just right for each other. Highly recommended!

chinchill, Feb 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

RollTide05, Feb 27, 2012
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,197 ratings.